Songs from Wasties Orchard

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All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Magna Carta's third album was the first with guitarist Davey Johnstone on board, one reason for its subsequent immortality in collecting circles. Another is the extravagant packaging that accompanied the original Vertigo release -- the gatefold sleeve was designed to open up like a box, with a layer of apples from Wasties Orchard, of course within. Add a crystalline Gus Dudgeon production and, of course, the popularity among collectors of the original swirly Vertigo label design, and Songs from Wasties Orchard emerges a seldom seen but much sought-after gem. For anybody familiar with the group's first two albums, Magna Carta's own style remained constant, a collection of ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Thompson
Magna Carta's third album was the first with guitarist Davey Johnstone on board, one reason for its subsequent immortality in collecting circles. Another is the extravagant packaging that accompanied the original Vertigo release -- the gatefold sleeve was designed to open up like a box, with a layer of apples from Wasties Orchard, of course within. Add a crystalline Gus Dudgeon production and, of course, the popularity among collectors of the original swirly Vertigo label design, and Songs from Wasties Orchard emerges a seldom seen but much sought-after gem. For anybody familiar with the group's first two albums, Magna Carta's own style remained constant, a collection of beautifully stylized folk ballads sung and gently strummed with a warmth and versatility that saw the group endure and, presumably, enjoy constant comparisons to mid-period Simon & Garfunkel. The addition of Johnstone to the original duo does little to derail those remarks -- indeed, his own musical versatility puts one firmly in mind of the Americans' more ambitious moments, as mandolins, sitars, and harpsichords dance behind Glen Stewart and Chris Simpson's magically melded vocal harmonies. Highlights of the album are manifold -- Songs from Wasties Orchard is one of those rare records where every song contributes something massive to the overall mood. But the by comparison rocking "Wayfaring," Johnstone's virtuoso "Down Along Up," and the evocatively reflective "Isle of Skye" are genuine milestones, while the curiously titled "Home Groan" closes the album with a shockingly electrified country-rocker that is hard to shake out of your head. Songs from Wasties Orchard has rightfully been proclaimed Magna Carta's finest hour -- certainly neither of their subsequent studio albums can touch it, while its two predecessors sound positively tentative in comparison to the confidence that carries the dozen songs here. All are worth checking out, but this is where your journey should begin.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/16/1999
  • Label: Repertoire
  • EAN: 4009910444726
  • Catalog Number: 4447
  • Sales rank: 114,487

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Bridge at Knaresborough Town (4:56)
  2. 2 White Snow Dove (2:08)
  3. 3 Parliament Hill (2:45)
  4. 4 Wayfaring (3:48)
  5. 5 Down Along Up (2:09)
  6. 6 Country Jam (1:52)
  7. 7 Time for the Leaving (4:01)
  8. 8 Isle of Skye (2:53)
  9. 9 Sponge (2:23)
  10. 10 Sunday on the River (3:32)
  11. 11 Good Morning Sun (2:41)
  12. 12 Home Groan (2:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Magna Carta Primary Artist
Rick Wakeman Keyboards
Davey Johnstone Guitar, Vocals
Chris Laurence Bass
Chris Simpson Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Vocals
Johnny VanDerrick Violin
Tony Visconti Bass, Percussion
Danny Thompson Bass
Glen Stuart Lyre, Vocals, Glass
Technical Credits
Alistair Anderson Contributor
Hookfoot Contributor
Nic Potter Contributor
Robin Geoffrey Cable Engineer
Ron Chesterman Contributor
Heather Corbett Contributor
Gus Dudgeon Producer, Contributor
Davey Arthur Contributor
Chris Welch Liner Notes
Reverend Peter Murphy Cover Photo
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